[r20] Rep. Dermody wants to work together with veterans (2/17/2011)

Thursday, February 17, 2011

Start Date: 2/17/2011 All Day
End Date: 2/17/2011

Rep. Dermody wants to work together with veterans

STATEHOUSE - State Rep. Tom Dermody (R-LaPorte) is sponsoring Senate Bill 577, authored by State Sen. Luke Kenley (R-Noblesville) that would alter financial aid rules in Indiana. As the higher education chairman of the House Ways and Means Committee Rep. Dermody has taken the leadership role for financial aid reform. A main concern that Rep. Dermody has with this bill is that it cuts scholarship funding for the children of disabled veterans.

"I am so grateful for the multitude of sacrifices that the veterans have made for our nation, and the last thing I want to do is repay them by cutting their benefits. That is not my intention - whatsoever. It is my belief that we should honor those that have served, and amendments can still be made to do just that with SB 577 - that's why I want to continue to meet with the veterans on this issue," said Rep. Dermody

SB 577 would reduce the educational scholarship amount available to the children of disabled veterans attending a state educational institution if the veteran has less than an 80 percent military related disability. The scholarship reduction would not apply to those students who are enrolled in a state educational institution by June 30, 2011, to a student who was a pupil at the Soldiers' and Sailors' Children's Home, or to a student whose parent received a Purple Heart decoration or was wounded in enemy action.

"I have met as recently as last weekend with Indiana veterans and want to work with them on this issue," said Rep. Dermody. "I want to ensure that I have their support moving forward on this legislation by talking to them about this tough issue."